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Gottlob Frege

Tyler Burge

in The Oxford Handbook of The History of Analytic Philosophy

Published in print June 2013 | ISBN: 9780199238842
Published online October 2013 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199238842.013.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Gottlob Frege

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Frege (1848–1925) is the father of ‘analytic philosophy’, or mainstream philosophy over the last hundred and twenty-five years. The chapter outlines seven ways in which Frege exerted influence: (1) developing logic and its use in philosophy; (2) taking propositional structures as a basis for understanding language, thought, and ontology; (3) developing structural understanding of the language of science and ordinary language; (4) articulating issues regarding communal language and issues regarding idiolects; (5) distinguishing sense and denotation; (6) articulating extra-individual factors in determining sense and denotation; (7) developing a distinctive type of rationalism.

Keywords: analytic philosophy; logic; propositional structure; philosophy of language; sense; denotation; rationalism; anti-individualism

Article.  14438 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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